Few characters are more ingrained in popular culture than that of James Bond. After 50 years and 23 films, the Bond franchise is inarguably one of the most successful in history. Based on a series of novels written by journalist and WWII intelligence officer Ian Fleming, Bond has become a household name, making the franchise into one of the UKs largest cultural exports, on par with Doctor Who and the Beatles.
This summer, the Douglass Theatre is celebrating 50 years of Bond mania by showcasing a different Bond film every Thursday in August. Ken Rollins, programming director at the Douglass, is enthusiastic about the event.
The Douglass celebrates James Bonds 50th anniversary with a series of five representative flicks, which feature the different faces and actors of Bond, Rollins said. From (Sean) Connery to (Roger) Moore, to (Timothy) Dalton to (Pierce) Brosnan, and now the 21st century Bond, todays Daniel Craig, the films will prove the Bond supremacy in the world of espionage and spydom.
The Douglass film series began Thursday with Connery in the iconic Goldfinger. The series will include Moore in the futuristic, out-of-this-world Moonraker (Aug. 8); Dalton in the edgy, exciting The Living Daylights (Aug. 15); Brosnan in the scintillating, sexy Tomorrow Never Dies (Aug. 22); and will conclude with Craig in the most popular Bond flick ever, Skyfall (Aug. 29).
Everyone has a favorite Bond portrayer because the Bond persona is deeply ingrained in our pop culture, Rollins said.
What better way to see your favorite Bond, or maybe discover a new favorite, than to experience the films on the big screen?
Fans like Bond for many reasons, Rollins said. They like the attitude, or the sex appeal, or the explosions, or the one liners. But ultimately, everyone comes back to the movies for one reason: Bond, James Bond. Wed like to invite everyone to get in out of the heat, and kick back, enjoy our beautiful air-conditioned theater, and hold on tight for a fantastic ride. See one or see them all, but its an experience you wont want to miss!
50 Years of Bond
When: 7 p.m. every Thursday in August
Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cost: $5 (includes popcorn and drink)
Information: 478-742-2000, www.douglasstheatre.org